Yahoo launched a private version of what they are calling FireEagle – a service that allows you to track your location to be shared with applications that build to the FireEagle API – its basically a location “broker” (for self reported location). I’m a big fan of location based services (we’re investors of IP geo-information company Quova and geo-spatial platform company deCarta), so the idea of a common platform upon which to build location aware applications. Through Quova, we’re small investors in Navizon who has a similar dev platform to FireEagle.
So you can imagine my disappointment when I clicked over to the “application gallery” tab only to find nothing there. Nothing. Not a single “this is cool stuff, we’ve thrown a few things up to get you going” application. Where is the Facebook “I’m here; my friends are there” integration? Or better yet, the Twitter “friend location tracker”? Or even a simple widget for my blog that reports my current location Nadda. Just a note that says essentially “there’s no there there yet”. I don’t get the point of launching a service – even just to the developer community, which is clearly their intent from the email I received – without at least a few demo apps. I have to imagine that there are scores of companies out there with the time, talent and inclination to have done the work to be included with this launch. Hopefully Yahoo/FireEagle will quickly get its act together and have a full application library before they take this service much further.
I have a few more invite codes if you’re looking to check it out. Send me a note directly and if they are not all taken, I’ll hook you up.
I’m excited about what Yahoo is doing – just want to see more meat on the bones of the bird. . .
Update: My invite codes have all been given out.